““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Dassault Inks Deal with Minsheng for 20 Falcons
Dassault Aviation has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's Minsheng Financial Leasing for 10 Falcon 7X and 10 Falcon 2000S business jets. The deal, which the companies expect to finalize before the end of the year, follows firm orders for five Falcon 7Xs that Minsheng placed earlier in 2011 and an order for a Falcon 900LX.
Some of these 7Xs have been delivered. Minsheng Financial entered into the aviation field about two years ago and has already signed for 90 business jets, not including those covered by the latest deal. Minsheng officials–who previously predicted they’d be leasing 100 business jets within five years–now expect to be leasing that many within two years.